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The Stage Company's first production of the season is Arthur Miller's classic "The Crucible," a cautionary tale about fear-mongering, irrationality and theocratic government.

The story takes place during the infamous Salem Witch Trials. But, Miller wrote the play in the 1950s, at the height of then-Sen. Joseph McCarthy's crusade against communism. Miller won a Tony for the play in 1953.

Elyse Pineau, an associate professor of communication studies at Southern Illinois University, will direct.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20; and 2 p.m. Oct. 14 and 21.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. All tickets for the Thursday, Oct. 18 show are $7. The box office will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 9 to 13 and Oct. 17-20, and from 1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 14 and 21. Tickets may also be purchased by phone by calling 618-549-5466 or online at stagecompany.org.

Plays are performed at The Varsity Center, 418 S. Illinois Ave.

— The Southern

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